Upcoming Events

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is hosting virtual events to help you prepare your latest and greatest work to enter in the Scholastic Awards! Check back regularly for updates and new events.


For Educators: Healing Through Creativity

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 7:00–8:15 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAud-2rqDwsH9YiBgfYVWpDX2tfOl6i7TuI

Four attendees will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Letters for professional development are available upon request.

Art Educators are invited to join us for this free virtual workshop led by the creators of the Healing Through Creativity: Visual Arts’ Educators Guide. We will explore best practices to support teens processing grief through art. Works related to grief are eligible for $1,000 scholarships through the New York Life Award.

Creating an Editorial Cartoon and The Herblock Award

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcO-rpjkpGtZSb01wNLRQw9ufeEhPXe4H

Four attendees will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Students and educators are invited to join us for a free and interactive virtual workshop to learn the art of crafting compelling editorial cartoons that can be entered into the Scholastic Awards! Lead by cartoonist Isaiah Broussard, participants will be guided through the process of creating their own editorial cartoon. Students will have the option to get individualized feedback from the instructor on their work in the days following the workshop. Editorial cartoons entered into the Scholastic Awards are eligible for The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon, which offers $1,000 scholarships to students and $250 awards to educators.

Processing Collective Grief Through Art

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET

Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6tLCfpTtR2OTOSeMTCFA9w

Teen artists are invited to join us for a workshop on processing grief through art. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one or are dealing with the life-changing events of the past 18 months, we are all searching for ways to express ourselves. Led by artist Jill Ziccardi, this workshop invites teens to create something new with their preferred materials and examines ways to make visual decisions that communicate their ideas. To make the most of this time, participants are asked to come prepared with 5-10 images or subjects that are meaningful to them and relate to the theme of grief and feelings of loss. Jill will dive deep into her process for creating a new piece, explore the inspiring work of other artists, including Scholastic Awards winners, and guide attendees through an exercise to start a new piece of their own.

Attendees will be able to share their work with Jill for personalized feedback after the event. Works about personal grief, loss, and bereavement are eligible for the New York Life Award, which offers scholarships up to $1,000. Learn more at artandwriting.org/nylife.

Selecting a Category and Completing Your Entry

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 7:00–8:00 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vW5iztHaTYCoSKxlz86owA

Not sure how to enter the Scholastic Awards or complete your entry? We’ve got you covered! Students, educators, parents, and guardians are invited to join us for a free webinar exploring how to choose the best category for your piece and complete your entry to the Scholastic Awards.

Scholastic Awards Alumni Panel: Creating Through Grief

Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 7:00–8:00 pm ET

Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L544mfkoQjWGb4TNBwD4ZQ

Educators and students are invited to join us to meet a panel of Scholastic Award-winning alum and hear how they turned their stories of grief and loss into art and healing. Works about personal grief, loss, and bereavement are eligible for the New York Life Award, which offers scholarships up to $1,000.

Panel: Meet Scholastic Awards Jurors

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_URRKt7-7SzKt0ThHlF9rFA

Entering the Awards and want feedback on your work? Look no further! Students in grades 7–12, ages 13 and up, are invited to join us for a free virtual Q&A discussion with a panel of our very own Scholastic Awards jurors. Learn what jurors are looking for when they review work and hear tips on how to make your piece stand out.

Live Q&A with Scholastic Awards Staff

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtduirqDkqHdConAe_FwWEw-_RkhN79GcW

Have questions about the Scholastic Awards and don’t know where to turn? We’re here to help! Students, educators, parents and guardians are invited to speak with Scholastic Awards staff members one-on-one to get their questions answered in this free event.

Live Q&A with Scholastic Awards Staff

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlde-gqT4qE9yfLiwmPhPl9BD3we-D6YhS

Have questions about the Scholastic Awards and don’t know where to turn? We’re here to help! Students, educators, parents and guardians are invited to speak with Scholastic Awards staff members one-on-one to get their questions answered in this free event.

Live Q&A with Scholastic Awards Staff

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET
Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcOCprjwpGNTJwKDBGg_GwyavxDxAG1PR

Have questions about the Scholastic Awards and don’t know where to turn? We’re here to help! Students, educators, parents and guardians are invited to speak with Scholastic Awards staff members one-on-one to get their questions answered in this free event.

Do you have an upcoming event you want to share? Contact us to post your event for our community!

Header image credit: library in a train (2) by Yifeng Ma, Digital Art, Gold Medal. South Pasadena High School, South Pasadena, CA. Aimee Levie-Hultman, Educator.